Marília Mendonça, chart-topping Brazilian musician, dies in plane crash

Brazilian country music star Marília Mendonça has died in a plane crash on Friday in a rural region of the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, according to her public relations firm. Just hours before her death was announced, the singer, 26, shared harrowing footage to Instagram that shows her boarding […]

Brazilian country music star Marília Mendonça has died in a plane crash on Friday in a rural region of the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, according to her public relations firm.

Just hours before her death was announced, the singer, 26, shared harrowing footage to Instagram that shows her boarding the private jet in Minas Gerais. Watch it above.

She was en route to a concert at the time of the crash, which killed four other people in addition to the singer. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

In the video, she details the delicious food in Minas Gerais, joking that she needs to work out when she visits.

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“This is the reality my people! hahahah 💪🏼🏋🏻 🥦 Tell me here in the most delicious comments of this wonderful state that is Minas Gerais!” the English translation of the caption reads.

Mendonça, 26, is survived by her one-year-old son, according to CNN Brasil.

News of the death of the charismatic Latin Grammy winner, known as “the Boss” to her millions of fans, shocked the country Friday. Prominent Brazilians, including football star Neymar, came forward in the wake of the news to share their grief.

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Mendonça quickly rose to fame in the popular sertanejo country music genre and made her mark by singing about women’s empowerment in an environment traditionally dominated by male musicians.

She was the most-listened-to artist in Brazil on Spotify in 2019 and 2020, according to her PR firm, and had more than 38 million followers on Instagram.

Neymar, a close friend of the singer, wrote on Twitter: “I refuse to believe it, I refuse.”

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Caetano Veloso, a septuagenarian stalwart of the Brazilian genre MPB — Brazilian pop music — praised her on Twitter as the “marvelous Mendonça” and said the news had left him in tears.

In this photo released by Civil Police, firefighters search through the debris at the crash site of an airplane in Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Friday, Nov.5, 2021. Marilia Mendonca, one of Brazils most popular singers and a Latin Grammy winner, died Friday in an airplane crash on her way to a concert. She was 26. The plane crashed between Mendonças hometown Goiania and Caratinga, a small city in Minas Gerais state located north of Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Civil Police)

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said the “entire country” was in “shock” over the news of her death, while Rio de Janeiro Gov. Claudio Castro called her loss a “tragic accident.”

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“Young and talented, Marília was the protagonist of a new chapter of Brazilian country music and inspiration for several singers in the segment. The country is shocked and mourns this loss that came too early,” Castro said in a news release.

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